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Maj. Tammy Duckworth, who was recently nominated by President Barack Obama as the assistant secretary of public and intergovernmental affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, listens as Gen. Craig McKinley, chief, National Guard Bureau, introduces her as the keynote speaker during the National Guard Bureau's "Women Taking the Lead" event held in recognition of Women's History Month in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Duckworth, a helicopter pilot with the Illinois Army National Guard, lost both legs while deployed to Iraq in 2004 when the helicopter she was piloting came under rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. She spoke of her experiences in Iraq and those she served with. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy)(Released

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Taken on March 23, 2009